Quarry No.1

32 x 36
Oil on Canvas
Reproductions Available

I am very interested in quarries. The gradations of color in the rocks mostly catches my eye and, of course, the perspective is fun to try to recreate in my color-block style.

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Crab No.6

10×16
Enamel on Glass
Reproductions Available

Yet another crab. This one is on glass. The painted background is reset – like a tiny shadow box 🙂 This gives the crab on the forefront more impact. Painting on glass is a challenge – the smooth surface of the glass does not easily accept paint; you have to wrestle it into submission. But the result is worth the effort. Thank you Joanne Riley for the many glass panels!

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Nautilus

 

14 x 11
Enamel on Canvas
Original: $275
Reproductions Available

Last October at Kent Youth’s Holiday Galleria show in Chestertown, Maryland I met Sherry Sonntag-Whorl of Classic Glass Studios and bought three of her wonderful stained glass works for my sunroom, one of which contains a nautilus shell. So I started wondering what the actual nautilus creature looks like. Once I did some research I was thrilled! I think they are pretty kool creatures with their dangling tentacles and big, puffy eyes peeking out from under their hooded shells. Viola! Here is my interpretation.

 

 

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Bethesda Home

 

11 x 8
Gouache on Watercolor Paper
NFS

For the holiday I gave each of my four children a watercolor painting of their childhood home in Bethesda, MD. Since we lived there for 29 years, we each have memories of good times in the home and the neighborhood, Wyngate, near the National Institutes of Health. The house, as you can imagine, went through a number of changes over the years including adding vinyl siding, changing the color of the shutters, and adding or tearing out plants, shrubs and trees. But constant during these alterations/renovations were the cherry blossom trees lining the road, with their beautiful pale pink flowers that lasted maybe three or four days and then their ugly purple berries that festered in the summer heat then popped, oozing their purple fluid all over the sidewalk, cars and lawns, leaving their virtually permanent dye on anything and everything. Yes, I hated those trees but loved the home and the life we lived in it. That’s why I chose to paint the trees depicting that short phase when they have leaves but no blossoms or berries.

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Osprey No.1

 

11 x 8
Gouache on Watercolor Paper
Original: $200
Reproductions Available

The male ospreys arrive on St. Patty’s Day, a month or so before the females, with the sole purpose of creating a nest for their offspring. Some of them are very diligent in this regard. Others, however, fool around fishing and cavorting until their mate arrives and there is a whole lot of unpleasantness brought on by lackadaisical nest-making! It is quite fun to watch these large birds and their babies all summer and we miss them when they migrate – males to one winter location, females to another.

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Crab No.2

 

10 x 8
Watercolor
Original: $200
Reproductions Available

This watercolor is a Maryland blue crab, many of whom wander into my crab pots and become our dinner 🙂  They may not be very pretty but they sure are tasty, especially with the obligatory Old Bay seasoning!

 

 

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Sails

36 x 24
Oil on Canvas
Original: $675
Reproductions Available 

When we went sailing in San Diego Bay with my son, I looked up and saw the most exhilarating site – full sails 🙂 What a great time we had that day. So much fun, in fact, that we came home and dusted off the sail boat in our yard and repaired its sails so we could enjoy sailing on the Chesapeake.

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Jul

28

2015

Shells

Shells

11 x 14
Oil on Canvas
Reproductions Available

A day at the ocean beach is remembered in this small painting. I am always saddened when the beautifully colorful shells dry out and their colors turn to shades of tan. But the patterns still remain as shown here.

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Funky Crab

 

28 x 21
Oil on Canvas
Reproductions Available

“Funky Crab” was a lot of fun to create. I intend to do more crabs as they, like the the Bay birds, fascinate me. Crabs can be disgusting or delicious, slimy or delicate, hard or soft. What other creature can have all those characteristics??!!

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